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Behavioral Medicine

Behavioral Health

From chronic depression to bipolar disorder, schizophrenia to obsessive-compulsive disorder and more, Virginia Hospital Center's Psychiatric Treatment program provides an array of treatment options that can be customized to ensure that the recovery program meets each patient's unique needs.

We have developed a philosophy of care that we follow rigorously: we respect human potential and recognize the uniqueness of each individual. We integrate the patient's personal goals into the treatment program. We use the specialized skills of experts who work closely together as an interdisciplinary team. And we strive, with each step, to help our patients move into independent and productive lives.

Inpatient Acute Care

A secured unit within Virginia Hospital Center, Inpatient Acute Care is designed to provide short-term treatment to stabilize psychiatric patients and get the therapeutic process underway in a safe, supportive environment. Inpatient Acute Care is staffed by highly trained and qualified psychiatric nurses, social workers, therapists and other health professionals. Working with the patient's attending psychiatrist, the team assesses each patient's condition and develops an individualized treatment plan to meet the patient's emotional, physical, social and spiritual needs.

Medical Therapies

Patients with severe depression may also be candidates for electroshock therapy (ECT). Once widely used, then overused, ECT use has been disputed. But recent research and clinical experience have shown that ECT can be highly effective in treating serious depression, when administered carefully, selectively and appropriately. At Virginia Hospital Center's Psychiatric Treatment program, only a licensed psychiatrist with specialized training in ECT administers this therapy.

Active Therapies

Although drugs and other medical therapies are extremely valuable in treating psychiatric disorders, group or individual psychotherapy and other expressive therapies continue to play vital roles in helping patients recover from these illnesses. Patients take an active role in their own recovery, an essential step in ensuring their future success in all aspects of their lives, by exploring their feelings, conflicts, fears, motivations, and personal goals.

Family Involvement

Patients with mental illness need strong family support to facilitate their recovery. And often the families themselves need support as well to help them cope with the disruptions and distress that mental illness can cause and learn how to best help their loved one with a psychiatric disorder.

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  • For information on the Behavioral Health programs, call 703.558.6451

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